The UK Government is making good progress in implementing its National Cyber Security Programme but has struggle to encourage SMEs to make their businesses more resilient to attack.
According to a review by the National Audit Office, the programme is on track to spend its budget of £860 million by March 2016. The Government spent £12.4m last year on engaging with the private sector and the public, with a further £21.1m earmarked for 2014-15, reports Infosecurity.
GCHQ, the Cabinet Office, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills have all published information designed to help businesses become more secure and the Ministry of Defence’s now requires all suppliers to conform to “Cyber Essentials” criteria. However, the range of advice may be confusing for SMEs, the NAO said, citing industry stakeholders it interviewed.